In January 2022, a video went viral that supposedly showed a woman carrying a lion down the street.
As this video was circulated on social media, some wondered if this footage was real or if it was the result of some digital editing. And, if it was real, why was this happening?
This appears to be a genuine piece of footage that was taken in the Sabahiya district of Kuwait on Jan. 1, 2022. According to the Kuwaiti newspaper “Al-Anba,” this lion was being kept as a pet by the pictured woman and her father when the animal accidentally escaped, terrifying residents as it wandered the streets.
The pet’s female owner and local authorities coordinated with each other to get the lion off the streets. The viral video appears to show the moment after the lion was reunited with the owner.
Al-Anba reported [Translated via Google]:
A lion was controlled in the Sabahiya area by its owners yesterday after his exit on one of the roads sparked panic from the scene that resembles action movies. A security source said that a report was received by the Ministry’s operations yesterday about seeing a lion wandering on a road, and accordingly, the environmental police went to the place, and by searching, the source stated that the owner of the lion was identified as a girl, and the girl’s father, a citizen, coordinated with the people who raised the lion and with the Environmental Police to hand it over to them after controlling it and returning it to its place.
While we’re not entirely sure who captured this viral footage, it was included in several local news reports about the incident.
While it may seem especially dangerous to hold a lion in your arms, it’s possible that this lion, like other exotic pets, had been declawed and defanged.